Emily Ducote (Kiara Kaiser/Combat Press)

Invicta FC 43 Gets New Main Event, Adds Kayla Harrison

The next event from Invicta Fighting Championships has been finalized.

A positive COVID-19 test has forced headliner Pearl Gonzalez out of her flyweight title clash with Erin Blanchfield and the bout will be rescheduled for a future date. As a result, the strawweight title bout between Emily Ducote and Montserrat “Conejo” Ruiz has been elevated to the main event.

Oklahoma’s Ducote will challenge for a belt for the second time, having come up short against Kanako Murata at Invicta FC 38. She bounced back with a win over UFC veteran Juliana Lima at Invicta FC 40 in July and with Japan’s Murata signing with the UFC, the title is now vacant. Ruiz was also in action in July, submitting former title challenger Janaisa Morandin in the first round of the Invicta FC 41 main event.


Also joining the card is PFL lightweight champion Kayla Harrison. The two promotion’s announced the news earlier today. The two-time Olympic judo gold medalist will make her debut at 145 pounds opposite Colorado’s Courtney King. Harrison has compiled a perfect record competing for PFL with five of her seven victories coming inside the distance. She most recently captured the promotion’s lightweight tournament with a decision win over UFC veteran Larissa Pacheco. King enters the bout riding a three-fight winning streak that includes two submission victories. The 27-year-old most recently submitted Invicta alum Audrey Wolfe in December. She also holds wins over Holli Logan and Colbey Northcutt.

The event airs live on UFC Fight Pass on Friday, Nov. 20 beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Invicta FC 43 Fight Card
Emily Ducote vs. Montserrat “Conejo” Ruiz – for strawweight title
Courtney King vs. Kayla Harrison
Stephanie Geltmacher vs. Caitlin Sammons
Brittney Cloudy vs. Hope Chase
Alexa Culp vs. Meaghan Penning
Juliana Miller vs. Kendal Holowell